FACE, a paid summer internship program for young adults, is wrapping up and showing off what its participants have been up to in the past six weeks.
The name of the program stands for film, arts, culture (and coding) and entrepreneurship. Participants choose an area of focus and pair up with industry professionals to develop and execute a project in that field.
Hundreds of entrepreneurs, technologists and executives come to South Florida May 5 and 6 for the first eMerge Americas technology summit. The conference aims to highlight Miami's growing tech prowess.
The technology industry remains small in South Florida, but it attracts a lot of attention. The promise of high-paying jobs, a highly educated community and a more diversified economy are powerful pulls to develop the tech industry.
WLRN revisits the effort to grow and attract the technology industry to our region. It's the Sunshine Economy with "The Future Emerging: The Technology Industry in South Florida.”
Local and national leaders at Miami tech conferences have described the city as the next Silicon Beach recently. Sure, silicone breasts and beaches abound in the 305, but silicon computer chips? Not so much.
Hundreds of entrepreneurs and start-up enthusiasts gathered Monday for Start-Up City: Miami. The Atlantic magazine organized the conference to promote South Florida’s potential as a great place to start a tech company.
But a Silicon Valley investor whose company funded DropBox and Reddit says Miami has a long way to go. Listen to Y Combinator's incoming president Sam Altman on his impression of Miami as a start-up city.*
A Miami Beach tech company invited Mayor Philip Levine to their lab for a visit this week in response to comments Levine made at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last month. Levine said he could not see Miami Beach becoming a tech hub.
"It's the dumbest idea in the world," Levine said at the Mayors meeting, according to the Washington Post. "People cling on to things that are not the highest and best use for their city. Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are."
The chairman of the Senate's education committee said Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers want to spend at least $40 million, and likely more, to upgrade schools' Internet capacity and add new computers, tablets and other digital tools.
Sen. John Legg, R-Port Richey, said education technology is a priority for Scott and both Republican and Democratic legislative leaders.
Legg said $40 million in Scott's proposed budget is a starting point.
Old technology — but new to many Miami-Dade County taxis — is coming to local cabs.
An overwhelming majority of county commissioners signed off Tuesday on sweeping legislation requiring all cabs to take credit cards and install SunPass transponders, GPS devices and digital security cameras.
Drivers will have six months to install SunPass. Credit-card machines will be required in two years. GPS and backseat security cameras will be required in 30 months.
Days after Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was quoted in the Washington Post saying his city would never become a tech hub, a small-business group released a report that says entrepreneurs are attracted to the Miami area.